Thursday, October 2, 2014

You have reached the site for the COFAR’s forthcoming webcast:
Uniform Guidance Implementation

A Conversation Presented by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform

The event will include moderated sessions with relevant stakeholders covering various aspects of 2 C.F.R 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance for Federal Awards), including internal control; blended funding; procurement; pass-through entities and indirect cost rates; and Indian tribe exceptions.

After Thursday, the conversation will continue! Check out the new metrics for the Uniform Guidance that OMB announced on Tuesday, September 30th.

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Biographies for Panel Participants:
  • Dr. Brett Baker is the Assistant Inspector General for Audit at the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General (NSF OIG). He is responsible for directing performance and financial audits of NSF programs, operations, and awards. He is also a member of the GAO Green Book Advisory Council and Chair of the Federal Audit Executive Council. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

  • Michelle Bulls is the director of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) within the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As OPERA director, Ms. Bulls provides trans-NIH direction regarding grants policy and compliance monitoring for the grants management offices of the 24 NIH institutes and centers that support extramural research. Ms. Bulls has over 20 years of grants administration (policy and operations) experience. She started her career as a grants technical assistant, grants management specialist, and grants management officer in the in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at NIH. She has since served in several high-level positions within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including director of grants management for the Indian Health Service, and director of grants policy oversight and evaluation in the HHS Office of the Secretary. She also continues to lead Federal-wide efforts in drafting and implementing financial assistance regulations and policies, and is a leader in collaborative efforts to promote grants management efficiency and efficacy not just at HHS but across the Federal government.

  • Beth Cobert is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 16, 2013. Cobert previously served nearly thirty years at McKinsey & Company as a Director and Senior Partner. During her tenure, she worked with corporate, not-for-profit and government entities on key strategic, operational and organizational issues across a range of sectors, including financial services, health care, legal services, real estate, telecommunications, and philanthropies. She led major projects to generate performance improvements through process streamlining, enhanced customer service, improved deployment of technology, more effective marketing programs and strengthened organizational effectiveness. Within McKinsey, Cobert held multiple leadership roles in people management including recruiting, training, development and performance management of staff. She has been a champion for professional development and initiatives to support women's advancement to leadership positions. Cobert also previously served as a board member and chair of the United Way of the Bay Area and as a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Cobert received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. She and her husband Adam Cioth have two children.

  • Victoria Collin is a senior policy analyst at the Office of Federal Financial Management in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). At OMB, Victoria is responsible for developing and analyzing policies and standards for management of Federal financial assistance, and for developing and institutionalizing a strong governance framework for the financial assistance community. She has over ten years of experience working with Federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies domestically and abroad to develop partnerships that drive economic growth. Victoria has a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Georgetown, and a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She served in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 2004-2006.

  • Steve Daniels - Stephen Daniels is the Director of the Division of Policy, Review, and Resolution at the Employment and Training Administration within the Department of Labor (DOL). In this position he oversees the activities of the Policy (including Grants Training and Reporting), Closeout, and Audit Resolution teams as they respond to and interact with all constituents internal and external. He sits on several Federal-wide workgroups and is active in the National Grants Management Association. In addition to his work at DOL, he served for more than a decade in a number of positions overseeing grants management at Federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. Before his Federal service, Mr. Daniels had over 20 years of experience in the private sector. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in Business Administration, he pursued a career in marketing and sales with Fortune 500 companies such as Carnation, Revlon, and Sara Lee. In the private sector, he has held numerous types of positions from sales representative to District Manager, Region Manager, and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

  • Matthew Hammoudeh is the Assistant Secretary for the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). As a state senate confirmed gubernatorial appointee, Matthew manages operations for one of Illinois' largest agencies, with more than 13,000 employees and an annual budget of over $5B. In this role, he fulfills DHS’ responsibilities as driven by complex technology issues requiring sophisticated analyses of exponentially growing amounts of information. During his tenure, Matthew has implemented policy with an emphasis managing available resources at the least cost to produce the greatest results in terms of public benefit, return on investment, and reduction of risk. He has strengthened all operational policies and technologies to grow an environment that fosters a positive and supportive attitude toward accountable, sustainable and transparent government. Prior to joining the DHS, Matthew conducted medical research at Loyola University Medical Center, with scientific publications acknowledging his work on cardiovascular disease. He also has extensive experience in information technology, health economics, labor and civil rights law, as well as Illinois government operations and complex business management.

  • David Mader is the Controller at the Office of Federal Financial management, at the Office of Management and Budget. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 17, 2014. He formerly served as an IRS assistant deputy commissioner, where he received the Distinguished and Meritorious President Rank Award and the Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award for his work. Before joining OMB, he was a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, leading the firm’s work with the Department of Treasury and many other Federal agencies. Mr. Mader holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Mount St. Mary’s University and is a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration.

  • Kim Moreland is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Kim is on the Board of Directors of the Council on Governmental Relations and the Federal Demonstration Partnership. She is a former president of the National Council of University Research Administrators, and she has served as a member of the NCURA national faculty. She currently chairs the NCURA Select Committee on Global Affairs. She is a recipient of NCURA’s national Award for Distinguished Service in research administration and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Administration.

  • Mandy Nelson is a partner in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice overseeing the technical aspects of public sector audits including single audits. She is a former chairman and current member of the executive committee of the AICPA’s Governmental Audit Quality Center. She is also former chairman and current member of the AICPA’s not-for-profit expert panel.

  • Tasha Repp is a partner with Moss Adams LLP working in their Tribal & Gaming Practice. Tasha has been in public accounting since 1997 and provides accounting and auditing services to tribal governments and their related entities. Tasha is member of Moss Adams’ Assurance Services Committee and leader of the firm’s Technical Group overseeing services to Governments, Not-for-profits and Regulated Entities. Tasha is also the Native American Finance Officers Association’s (NAFOA) representative to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council to the GASB. Tasha is a member of the Samish Indian Nation, and in 2011 she received the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development's Native American 40 Under 40 Award.

  • Helena Sims - Most of Helena Sims’ professional experience has been devoted to forging partnerships among public and private organizations. Since 2007, Helena has served as the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the Association of Government Accountants (AGA). Prior to her work with AGA, she was Managing Director of Public-Private Partnerships for a banking trade association that played a key role in developing a nationwide system for the electronic delivery of government benefits. She served as Washington Office Director for the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers and has also worked for the Council of State Governments, the US Senate and the Florida Legislature. Helena has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in speech communication from Florida State University.

  • David Thompson is vice president of public policy for the National Council of Nonprofits. His organization has been working with nonprofits and governments for many years to reform contracting and grant-making policies for reasons that are strikingly similar to the goals of the Uniform Guidance – to streamline procedures, enhance efficiencies and accountability, and cut costs and burdens. David and his colleagues across the country at state associations of nonprofits and grant-makers are actively raising awareness of the Uniform Guidance within the nonprofit community and promoting full compliance.

  • Gilbert Tran is a senior policy analyst with the Office of Federal Financial Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). His main responsibilities are to develop and analyze policies and standards for cost principles and audit requirements for federal programs, and he serves as the point of contact for all Federal agencies on the implementation and interpretation of these policies. Prior to joining OMB, Gil spent a combined 15 years negotiating indirect costs the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Cost Allocation, working on audits for KPMG, and administering grants at Georgetown University. Gilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from George Mason University, Virginia. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant. He chaired the Multicultural Participation Committee for the U.S. Tennis Association (Mid–Atlantic Section).